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Zookeeper (2011)

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A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zookeeper find love, without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.

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Frank Coraci

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Nick Bakay (screenplay), Rock Reuben (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin James ... Griffin Keyes
Rosario Dawson ... Kate
Leslie Bibb ... Stephanie
Ken Jeong ... Venom
Donnie Wahlberg ... Shane
Joe Rogan ... Gale
Nat Faxon ... Dave
Steffiana De La Cruz ... Robin
Nick Bakay ... Franky
Jackie Sandler ... TGIF Waitress
Nicholas Turturro ... Manny (as Nick Turturro)
Thomas Gottschalk ... Jurgen
Brandon Keener ... Nimer
Robin Bakay Robin Bakay ... Rebecca
Gary Valentine ... Pizza Guy
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A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zookeeper find love, without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.

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Taglines:

Don't talk to the animals... unless they talk to you first! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude and suggestive humor, and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El guardián del zoológico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,065,617, 10 July 2011

Gross USA:

$80,360,843

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$169,852,759
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The show that Griffin is watching on the TV is Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996), which has Nick Bakay as the voice of Salem Saberhagen, who also co-wrote the film. See more »

Goofs

As Griffin Keyes hits the two swans, he is shown hitting them twice and breaking them twice. See more »

Quotes

Griffin Keyes: How did you get past the enclosures?
Donald the Monkey: You don't wanna know.
Griffin Keyes: Actually, I do.
Donald the Monkey: Okay, but I don't wanna tell.
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Connections

Referenced in The Mole: Episode #6.4 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Supply the Love
Written by David Paich (as David F. Paich)
Performed by TOTO
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Charm and impressive animal animation keeps afloat what could have been a disaster
12 July 2011 | by neji107See all my reviews

So maybe you hated Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Maybe you're sick of Kevin James in The King of Queens. Maybe you saw the trailer and thought, "Night at the Museum rip-off!" right after you thought, "This is a joke, right?" I will admit that I held all of these accusations against Zookeeper when I entered the theater, but one thing I've learned is that preemptive decisions to not see a comedy simply because you think you have a grudge against it is BAD BAD BAD. I can understand if people can't stand Kevin James's frenetic humor IF YOU WATCHED IT, but over 400 votes of "1 star" a week before the movie is even released shows some shameful attitudes among IMDb voters. Purposeful down-voting is never justified, and is especially a disservice to Zookeeper, which actually turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Roger Ebert put it best when he said: "Look, a great movie this is not. A pleasant summer entertainment it is." The moments that make an awful comedy awful are the ones when you feel like burying your face in your hands and wishing you never saw a second of this movie. You can all think of those times, I'm sure. Personally, Zookeeper NEVER gave me one of those moments. The plot was a breath of innocent fresh air and managed to keep me interested in the movie. The romantic tensions in Paul Blart: Mall Cop were ridiculously exaggerated, but in Zookeeper were quite low-key. The same goes for Kevin James's boyish, frenetic acting; James has an inherent likability about him that really carries the weight of the film. Be it puppets, animation, or real animal movement, the zoo animals were impressive as well and sported some convincing lip-dialogue sync that you wouldn't expect to find in a movie like this. With a varied cast that will keep you guessing at who voices who, the animals are the second great half of the show. This is a family film aimed at innocent, happy-go-lucky moviegoers and you know it - so if you're looking at a pleasant and light time at the theater, Zookeeper is the one to check out this weekend. But if you want the typical Hollywood explosions, then grab three extra dollars and head down to see Transformers 3 in 3D instead.


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